Cronulla will look to hop off the roller-coaster that has seen them alternate wins and losses for the past month and string a few victories together in a bid to consolidate their place in the top eight.
This match has been transferred from a 4.05pm kick-off on Saturday at Redcliffe to 8.05pm on Monday at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane due to the revised round 20 draw brought about by Queensland's snap lockdown.
They sit one place and three wins below Manly, their opponents this week, but even more than the six-point gap on the table the gulf between the two sides is illustrated by the almost 200-point advantage the Sea Eagles hold in for-and-against - plus 151 to minus 40.
Interim coach Josh Hannay has emphasised the need to stay focused with the Sharks developing a habit of clocking off once they have built a substantial mid-game lead - though he would be delighted to deliver a half-time warning to that effect if they happen to get the jump on the Sea Eagles.
His opposite number Des Hasler has far fewer things to worry about, pledging post-match to undertake the fine-tuning required to address glitches exposed in Manly's 20-point win over Wests Tigers as the Sea Eagles strive to keep closing the gap on fourth-placed Parramatta.
Match: Sharks v Sea Eagles
Round 20 -
Venue: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Sharks: Cronulla have been granted an exemption to replace Jesse Ramien due to an ear infection. Siosifa Talakai will switch to the centres, bench forward Jack Williams has been elevated to start in the second row with Luke Metcalf the new face on the interchange.
Bill Magoulias is the 18th man and Joaniah Lualua was the last man cut an hour before kick-off.
Matt Moylan, who was initially named among the reserves, won't make his return from a calf injury.
Veteran prop Aiden Tolman is back from suspension, triggering a pack reshuffle that sees Toby Rudolf return to lock.
The Sharks were dealt a blow losing Shaun Johnson for the season with his hamstring tear.
The Sharks have not defeated the Sea Eagles in consecutive games since 2004.
Sea Eagles: In a late switch an hour before kick-off Toafofoa Sipley comes into the starting side and Taniela Paseka reverts to the bench.
Dylan Walker and Lachlan Croker have passed the concussion protocols and both will play.
Curtis Sironen (knee) got through a week's worth of conditioning training last week and has been included on the bench. Karl Lawton (back) will play after missing last week.
Cade Cust and Jack Gosiewski were dropped from the squad when it was reduced to 19 players 24 hours out from the new kick-off time. Kurt De Luis was the last man cut an hour before kick-off and Moses Suli is 18th man.
Match: Sharks v Sea Eagles
Round 20 -
Fullback for Sharks is number 1 William KennedyFullback for Sea Eagles is number 1 Tom Trbojevic
Winger for Sharks is number 2 Sione KatoaWinger for Sea Eagles is number 2 Jason Saab
Centre for Sharks is number 3 Will ChambersCentre for Sea Eagles is number 3 Brad Parker
Centre for Sharks is number 12 Siosifa TalakaiCentre for Sea Eagles is number 4 Morgan Harper
Winger for Sharks is number 5 Ronaldo MulitaloWinger for Sea Eagles is number 5 Reuben Garrick
Five-Eighth for Sharks is number 6 Connor TraceyFive-Eighth for Sea Eagles is number 6 Kieran Foran
Halfback for Sharks is number 7 Braydon TrindallHalfback for Sea Eagles is number 7 Daly Cherry-Evans
Prop for Sharks is number 8 Aiden TolmanProp for Sea Eagles is number 10 Martin Taupau
Hooker for Sharks is number 9 Blayke BraileyHooker for Sea Eagles is number 9 Lachlan Croker
Prop for Sharks is number 10 Aaron WoodsProp for Sea Eagles is number 17 Toafofoa Sipley
2nd Row for Sharks is number 11 Briton Nikora2nd Row for Sea Eagles is number 11 Haumole Olakau'atu
2nd Row for Sharks is number 16 Jack Williams2nd Row for Sea Eagles is number 12 Josh Schuster
Lock for Sharks is number 13 Toby RudolfLock for Sea Eagles is number 13 Jake Trbojevic
Interchange for Sharks is number 14 Braden Hamlin-UeleInterchange for Sea Eagles is number 8 Taniela Paseka
Interchange for Sharks is number 15 Royce HuntInterchange for Sea Eagles is number 14 Dylan Walker
Interchange for Sharks is number 17 Andrew FifitaInterchange for Sea Eagles is number 15 Karl Lawton
Interchange for Sharks is number 19 Luke MetcalfInterchange for Sea Eagles is number 16 Curtis Sironen
Reserve for Sharks is number 20 Billy MagouliasReserve for Sea Eagles is number 18 Moses Suli
- Referee: Gerard Sutton
- Touch Judge: Ziggy Przeklasa-Adamski
- Touch Judge: Peter Gough
- Senior Review Official: Chris Butler
Braydon Trindall v Daly Cherry-Evans: The young playmaker, who had already inherited the goal-kicking duties from Johnson, must step up in the likely absence of the veteran Kiwi and try to go toe-to-toe with one of the competition's form No.7s.
As befits their relative statuses in the game, Cherry-Evans holds a heavy statistical advantage in any category you care to name - seven tries to one, 350 average kick metres to 51, 17 try assists to three, 13 line-break assists to four and 21 offloads to three. It is a daunting assignment for the young Shark.
Manly had just 46 per cent of possession in their win over Wests Tigers in round 18. That didn't stop them from making twice as many tackle breaks and almost 100 extra post-contact metres. Four tries in each half was the result.
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